Team Crolla: No Deal In Place For Lundy Bout

By Shaun Brown

Anthony Crolla’s trainer, Joe Gallagher, contacted today to categorically deny that there is no deal in place for his world lightweight contender to fight Hank Lundy on Sep 13 in Manchester.

Lundy (25-3-1, 12KOs) had tweeted earlier today that he would be fighting on that date in Manchester and confirmed it would be against Crolla on the second weekend in September.

Gallagher says that the reward isn’t worth the risk.

“I don’t know why Hank Lundy is putting out that he’s fighting Crolla (28-4-1, 11 KOs). Unless someone’s gonna come and give Anthony fortunes of money to fight him what is the reward for him in that fight? It doesn’t outweigh the risk. I don’t where that’s come from. We wanted a world title shot that we haven’t got. So why we should fight someone, who could be as good as a world champion, for something that’s not even a final eliminator?”

Crolla was in the frame to face WBA lightweight champion, Richar Abril, but the Cuban will now travel to Finland on Sep 20 to defend his title against Edis Tatli. Gallagher feel that after his own fighter’s schedule over the last two years no-one would begrudge him a tick-over fight in the meantime.

“I know Anthony Crolla is a good TV fighter and he’s crowd friendly but the way some people are going they would want Anthony beaten and busted up by the way they want him in hard fights all the time. The schedule he’s had over the last two years has been hard. People are saying it’s a great fight [against Lundy] and it is but unless someone’s going to come and give Anthony pot loads of money to fight that kid why on earth would he? A lot of fighters in this country get as they call them, ‘tick over fights,’ when waiting for a world title shot. At the moment what I need from Anthony after that John Murray fight is not an easy payday but a tick over fight until we see what happens with the world titles with Abril or Crawford or whatever. I don’t think many could begrudge Anthony one of those either.”

Shaun Brown is the UK Editor at Boxing Scene and a contributor to Boxing Monthly. He can be contacted at [email protected] with any news, views or stories you may have. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Box-Office on 07-20-2014

Crolla should just move up and try to become a 3 weight English champion.

Comment by knockoutkid on 07-20-2014

crollas domestic level anyway, hes been life and death with derry mathews, so how exactly is he even in the picture to fight lundy, ok lets fight 10 cabbies and wait for a title shot, guys an idiot he's just…

Comment by knockoutkid on 07-20-2014

gallagher is a fraud, he doesnt want to take any risks which means he doesnt beleive he can win against a meaningful opponent. All he goes on about is his winning streak but theyre all against journeymen, any time a…

Comment by richardt on 07-20-2014

They are basically insinuating or rather outright saying that Lundy would bust up Crolla and they don't want that. That's the ultimate duck, but at least it is honest.

Comment by Corelone on 07-20-2014

The hometown advantage is not enough anymore. Crolla is never going to see boatloads of money no matter what, so it breaks down to fear.

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